I am a psychotherapist who uses empathy as a tool to help my patients in identifying their needs, strengths, stressors, discomforts, and how they want to improve. I draw on my personal and professional experiences and training to develop a comprehensive therapeutic approach tailor-fit to each of my individual patients. Not only concerned with a patient’s symptoms and what brought them in the door, I also look at how various systems in my patients’ lives, such as work, school, their relationships, and their families, may contribute to their emotional health.
After graduating with my Master’s in Social Work from Hunter College, I worked in several outpatient mental health clinics where I treated adults, children, couples, and families. This includes a mental health clinic within a hospital system, which included more acutely ill patients. In these clinics, as well as in private practice, I’ve helped patients with a wide range of challenges such as depression, anxiety, mood disorders, and grief and loss.
As a young psychology major at Adelphi University, I learned the importance of the relationship between psychology as a significant aspect of human health and advocacy as an important part of mitigating human suffering. I shifted my study to social work in order to better embody this approach. Prior to becoming a therapist, I spent several years working in advocacy, community organizing, and case management, advocating for low-income children, families, and adults. This work was an important foundation for my career and continues to influence my practice of therapy.
I also use my own experiences of social injustice to connect with my patients who experience stigma in any of its many forms. This includes stigma related to mental health and I believe mental health conditions should no longer be taboo. Seeing my patients as people rather than a set of diagnostic criteria, I aim to work with my patients to build a safe and trusting space together within our therapeutic relationship.